At Christmas time, it may be tempting to indulge and forget about the waste we create at such a festive time of year. In the US, the National Geographic points out that between Thanksgiving and New Year Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week. I think it’s fair to say that other countries, such as the UK wont be far behind those figures either.
Over on ecolocal we’ve been thinking of ways to have a greener Christmas and, with a little preparation, you can easily stay green over the holidays.
First of all, when it comes to food, the old rules still apply. It’s not just organic versus local any more, it’s organic versus local versus seasonal!
As much as your local supermarket wants to be seen as a green retailer, you can’t beat a trip to the local farmers market or farm shop for your food. Last year I bought all our food from the local farmers’ shop (and our box scheme) and picked up a lovely tree at the same time! Remember to recycle that tree, though, using facilities like Earth911 to find a recycling centre near you (US only). Or check out your local council’s website – many have a special, extra collection in January just for trees and if not you’ll find that they have a specific point at their “tip”.
For decorations, why not try making your own paper chains instead of plastic tinsel? When it comes to Mistletoe, too, it’s worth bearing in mind that more than 20 species are endangered.
For those all important Christmas cards, All Things Green have a great selection of recycled cards you can send. Or why not make your own with last year’s cards and pictures of the family – in this way they become a gift and something unique that friends will value more.